University of Toronto Central Library System
Staff Development Committee. Annual Report 1998 - January 1999
Chair, Adrienne Thierry-Broad
- Provided the following training and development activities for staff from Central and Campus Libraries:
- Introduction to Windows 95, Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
Over 20 sessions. 250 participants. Initial focus on Introductory level, being followed by Intermediate level in these programmes.
- "The Computer : a communication philosophy"
Two sessions. 65 participants.Received excellent reviews. Repeats requested.
- "Beyond 20/20 software -1996 Census of Canada population products"
Two sessions. 36 participantS. Repeat sessions being provided for Faculty.
- ERRG Learn-In 1999
19 sessions. Over 280 participants. The Library's second ERRG Learn-In offered all campus and central library staff the opportunity to attend sessions on various electronic resources and strategies. Some of these sessions were offered in response to the Needs Assessment Survey. Excellent response and demand resulted in a repeat of a number of the presentations, which will subsequently also be provided for faculty.
- Topics included :
- Britannica Online
- Database Searching: Basic Building Blocks (x2)
- Explore the Environmental Databases
- Government Publications for the Sciences
- Embase; the other Medline
- Finding it on the Web at U. of T. (x2)
- Search Strategies on the Internet (x2)
- Balisoft LiveContact
- Searching and Using Full-Text Journals (x2)
- Meta Search Engines
- Expanded Academic Index
- SilverPlatter Databases
- Web of Science-Citation Indexes
- Health and Safety Sessions.
These included sessions on Repetitive Strain Injury, Back care and Crisis Intervention
- Orientation sessions for ALTS and GALTS
5 sessions. 125 participants
- Follow-up Orientation Sessions for ALTS and GALTS
- Crisis Intervention
- UTORDIal (in collaboration with Information Commons)
- Brenda Dervin Are We having Fun yet? Serving Users Well in an
Imploding Information/Communication Environment.
Over 50 registrants. The presentation was the first of a Mini Series : Reference and Instruction for the new Millenium:, being organized by a subcommittee of the Reference Services Committee, in collaboration with the Staff Development Committee and LAUT. It was very well received by those who attended.
- Purchased software manuals and made available on 90 day loan for all library staff to promote and support independent learning.
facilitated mtg between Department Heads/Supervisors and Health and
Safety Officer to establish what Health and Safety concerns/issues they
recommend be addressed in future sessions.
- in process - Staff Development Cttee website - will provide library
staff with information resources related to training and development
activities, a mechanism for queries/input relating to these and on-line
registration for training/development activities provided by Cttee.
administered and analysed a Needs Assessment survey of central and
campus library staff from all employee groups to determine training and
development needs and identify what contributed to the success of
training programmes. The majority of respondents emphasized the
importance of good trainers and courses which are timely, practical and
focussed. Respondents indicated that considerable on-going training in
computer skills , electronic resources and many other topics is needed.
Focus for 1999/2000
Continue to identify, establish and utilize training and development
resources and facilities and initiate programmes which will contribute
to the effective acquisition of skills and knowledge of library staff.
the Staff Development Committee is available for consultation or to
assist in any way to ensure high quality training related to the
transition to TAOS.
review and address results of Needs Assessment survey , identify
priorities in terms of choice , sequence and timing of programmes and
recommend next steps.
continue programmes at Intemediate and Advanced level on computer
continue to evaluate and explore approaches to training and
development in order to ensure provision of training and related
training/tools is of a high quality.
launch fully-operational Staff Development Web site
arrange for Labour Relations to provide sessions for supervisors working
in a unionized environment.
work in collaboration with other library committees to solicit their
input on training and development needs.
initiate an exchange of ideas and information on staff training and
development activities with counterparts in other institutions.
The Staff Development Cttee. would like to propose that consideration be
given to the establishment of additional electronic instruction lab.
facilities in order to enable the provision of timely training.
- Committee Members
Designate, Personnel Manager
- Appointed Librarians
- Administrative Staff
- Unionized Staff
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